Recognition of Palestine by other sovereign States is none of the US business - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 11.12.10 | 21:01 (IST)

    When the representative of Syria questioned the United States recognition of the Provisional Government of Israel, the UN representative of the United States (Mr. Austin} replied: I should regard it as highly improper for me to admit that any country on earth can question the sovereignty of the United States of America in the exercise of that high political act of recognition of the de facto status of a State. Moreover, I would not admit here, by implication or by direct answer, that there exists a tribunal of Justice or of any other kind, anywhere, that can pass judgment upon the legality or the validity of that act of my Country. There were certain powers and certain rights of a sovereign State which were not yielded by any of the members who signed the United Nations Charter and in particular this power to recognize the de facto authority of a provisional Government was not yielded. When it was exercised by my Government, it was done as a practical step, in recognition of realities: the existence of things, and the recognition of a change that had actually taken place. I am certain that no nation on earth has any right to question that, or to lay down a proposition that a certain length of time of the exercise of de facto authority must elapse before that authority can be recognized." -- See S/1466, 9 March 1950, Letter Dated 8 March 1950 From the Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council Concerning "Legal Aspects of Problems of Representation in the United Nations" http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/1466

    from the article: U.S. says recognition of Palestinian state premature
    First published 02:30 11.12.10 | Last updated 02:30 11.12.10
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